About Alex McDonald

Florida State Representative District 64


Goals

Alex graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2018 and earned a Political Science degree from the University of South Florida in 2019. In 2009 Alex joined the Army to serve his country. He is the grandson of former Republican Congressman Jack H. McDonald. He has lived with his better half, Austine Swanson, for the past 7 years.

Young Life

At an early age, Alex decided that he wanted to commit his life to public service. He was brought up by a single mother and it taught him the importance of the power of what a community can do when it comes together. In the Army, he became a Signals Intelligence Analyst working for the National Security Agency in Georgia. Later in his career, he was promoted to a coveted position at USCENTCOM in the Intelligence Directorate’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division.

His community engagement and educational campaign on the Opioid Crisis has earned him special renown amongst locals and his friends.

Career

After completing two tours of duty, Alex’s was forced to retire in 2017 for medical reasons. He left the service honorably, being awarded the Joint Commendation Medal, 3 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Joint Service Achievement Medals, 2 Army Good Conduct Medals, the NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 stars, and the Combat Action Badge.

Later in his career, he was promoted to a coveted position at USCENTCOM in the Intelligence Directorate’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division.

Representation

Out of uniform, Alex joined the Pinellas County Young Dems, their Political Committee, and became a Precinct Captain for his District. His community engagement and educational campaign on the Opioid Crisis has earned him special renown amongst locals and his friends. Coming off major back surgeries and having friends and family fall victim to addiction, Alex learned the dangers of opioids first-hand and wants to help everyone to live a happy, healthy, addiction-free life.

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our responsibility for the future”.

John F. Kennedy

Alex’s analytical skill set and drive to be the expert at whatever he does has made him shift his focus to the people of Florida. During the 2016 election, Alex saw the contentious divide that politics had become and believes that we need to set aside our partisan differences. With all of the problems facing our country, Alex believes that we need to unite and work together as a nation. As a true Democrat, he wants to follow President Kennedy’s philosophy, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our responsibility for the future”.